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Innovative Tooling, End-Effector Development and Industrialisation for Welding of Thermoplastic Components

Project description

New welding tool for Europe’s aircraft assembly line

The joining of thermoplastic composites (TPCs) is an important step in the manufacturing of aerospace TPC structures. The next generation of passenger aircraft will make extensive use of TPCs, which are lighter in weight and can be joined by welding. Not only does this eliminate the need for fasteners but also improves reliability and reduces assembly costs. To leverage the full potential of TPCs in aviation, the EU-funded TCTOOL project will develop new end-effectors for the jigless assembly of TPC fuselage structures. It will also develop new adaptive tooling for the welding of thermoplastic fuselage skin to stringers and frames. The aim is to achieve cost-effective zero-defects assembly for Europe’s aircraft assembly lines.

Coordinator

TWI LIMITED
Net EU contribution
€ 357 943,23
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
United Kingdom

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Region
East of England East Anglia Cambridgeshire CC
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,01

Participants (4)

FUNDACION ANDALUZA PARA EL DESARROLLO AEROESPACIAL
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 217 518,75
Address
Calle Wilbur Y Orville Wright Num 17, Parque Aerop
41039 La Rinconada Sevilla

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Region
Andalucía Sevilla
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 73 437,50
Address
Kingston Lane
UB8 3PH Uxbridge

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Region
London Outer London — West and North West Harrow and Hillingdon
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
LONDON SOUTH BANK UNIVERSITY LBG
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 278 005,89
Address
Borough Road 103
SE10AA London

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Region
London Inner London — East Lewisham and Southwark
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
ACROFLIGHT LTD
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 122 451,88
Address
146 High Street
CM12 9DF Billericay

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
East of England Essex Essex Thames Gateway
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 52 479,37